Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News October 20, 2018

How Scott Morrison changed his mind on Israel

Three weeks ago, the prime minister said there would be no changes to his policy on Israel. Then, on the eve of the Wentworth byelection, he changed his mind.

News October 06, 2018

Lobbyists dominate mental health sector

As the suicide rate rises, health experts say millions in government funding is going to unproven programs and the sector is captured by lobbyists.

News September 29, 2018

Exclusive: Morrison set reef grant terms

The terms of Malcolm Turnbull’s $444 million Barrier Reef grant were set by Scott Morrison, who as treasurer insisted the money not go to a Commonwealth agency.

News September 22, 2018

New domestic intelligence powers

A new Office of National Intelligence will have increased powers to access personal information and scrutinise online activities. But who will monitor the monitor?

News September 15, 2018

Exclusive: Dutton’s record on cabinet recusal

In five years, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has only once absented himself from cabinet discussions relating to child care.

News September 08, 2018

Exclusive: Dutton chose not to recuse

As Peter Dutton faces criticism over his intervention in au pair visas, details emerge of his involvement in cabinet discussions of child-care funding.

News September 08, 2018

Agencies spend big to block FOI requests

The government has left the position of freedom of information commissioner vacant for four years, slashing funding of its parent agency while spending almost $1 million blocking FOI requests.

News September 01, 2018

How Morrison played everyone

While Scott Morrison presented himself as a reticent candidate, in reality he used unpopular tax cuts to damage Turnbull and fooled Dutton over numbers.

News September 01, 2018

Barnaby Joyce and the Murray–Darling

As Barnaby Joyce, newly minted special envoy for drought, made a grab for Murray–Darling water, the royal commission into the basin faced yet another setback.

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